I was a stranger and you invited me in..."  -Matthew 25:35 NIV
First Weber
Helping give Christmas
to those in need
This year First Weber has partnered with NATH to collect items for Frederick Place and those who call Frederick Place home for a brief period.
Take a minute as you are out and about to remember the true meaning of Christmas. It is better to give than to receive. Below are ideas that would ensure that each individual will have something under the tree Christmas morning. We are blessed by such a loving, giving community.
Soup for Shelter
On November 11, 2017, we held our annual Soup for Shelter, at Nativity North, in Kohlbeck hall.

We were blessed to have so many great volunteers to assist us again this year in making the event a huge success once again. We raised over $2300, which will go toward the operations of Frederick Place.
A special Thank you to Nativity of our Lord Church for once again hosting our 8th Annual Soup for Shelter.

Thank you to all our soup makers
  • CT's Deli
  • Friendship House
  • R&T's Dinky Diner
  • Crimson Cafe
  • Coffee Beans
  • Brown Street 151
  • Mad Batter Bakery for the rolls
  • Kwik Trip for the butter

To all those who either made a basket or gave items for our baskets for the basket raffle.

We give thanks for all who participated in our event this year.
by Tammy Modic
Mighty Oak

© Kathy J Parenteau

Stand tall, oh mighty oak, for all the world to see.
Your strength and undying beauty forever amazes me.
Though storm clouds hover above you,
Your branches span the sky
In search of the radiant sunlight you
Count on to survive.
When the winds are high and restless and 
You lose a limb or two,
It only makes you stronger.
We could learn so much from you.
Though generations have come and gone
And brought about such change,
Quietly you've watched them all,
Yet still remained the same.
I only pray God gives to me 
The strength he's given you
To face each day with hope, 
Whether skies are black or blue.
Life on earth is truly a gift.
Every moment we must treasure.
It's the simple things we take for granted
That become our ultimate pleasures.

Thank you to all who have made Frederick Place the Mighty Oak for over 600 individuals since we opened our doors 1/31/2011.
Everybody Deserves
Shelter Essay Contest
NATH's Everybody Deserves Shelter Essay Contest was held for kids ages 8-12. They were asked to tell us why they thought everybody deserves shelter. We received over 50 essays and the top 5 were chosen. 

Pictured from left to right in the back row
Jacob Schallock, Brendan Llanos, Ethan Chariton
Front row left to right
David Feilhauer, Macy Myers

Each winner was asked to go to  WCYE 93.7  and read their essay on line. Their essays were aired the week of November 13-17 with DJ Jim Franklin during the 7 am hour. Ripco Credit Union sponsored the airing of the essays. The winners also received a $20 gift certificate from our essay sponsor, Pizza Hut, and a award certificate from NATH.

We thank all who entered the essay contest.

Take a minute and read the essays, listed below, that these fine young people submitted to the contest.
Grants Corner

Thank you to the Harley Davidson Foundation for their $4,000 donation to the general operations of Frederick Place 
Save the Date
Now thru December 4th
Help us out and place an order
Tribute Corner

In Honor of

Leeanne Pahina

Faces of NATH
by Susan Statezny
Thirty years ago my dad launched a campaign to transform me into a twenty-something who took an interest in politics. Of course I rebelled and refused to comply. I remember quite a few nights at Pizza Haven in which he would besiege me with questions from the top headlines of the week. As a surgical technologist student, I counterattacked with questions pertaining to human anatomy and physiology. That was the dance my dad and I did as soon as I became a teenager. It was who we were, and I don’t regret any of those nights.

Today I have an interest in politics bordering on obsession that would have my dad beaming with pride. This newfound passion has led me to 24 hour news networks, Stephen Colbert, and Twitter. I can spend hours scrolling through page after page and thread after thread of tweets. A couple weeks ago this tweet by Packer legend Donald Driver stopped my index finger in its track;

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness-
It is right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude

The words from #80 made me think of a former resident who was, and still is, the embodiment of gratitude. I can’t think of a more appropriate person to write about during this month of Thanksgiving.

Mary arrived at Frederick Place last April after she was abruptly evicted and had nowhere to go. She wandered aimlessly for a night and a good part of the next day. She eventually sought help at the domestic violence shelter, and they in turn helped her contact us. The first time I saw Mary she appeared to have the kind of tired one sees in someone after their spirit has been broken. She only spoke when asked a question and spent quite a bit of that evening listlessly wandering around the property. The next day she seemed to have a little more energy and was not as guarded. By the end of her first week there was a twinkle in her eyes, and her laughter was music to our ears. In a week’s time this broken woman’s demeanor had done a 360 simply because she had been shown kindness and compassion.

Mary hit the ground running, and before long had a part time job she loved. Unfortunately she was let go after a short time because business was slow and there wasn’t enough for her to do. That event was the beginning of Mary’s roller-coaster ride of joy and disappointment. A few days after losing her job she was notified that her application for an apartment was rejected due to a background check mistake. Appeal letters were written and her application was eventually accepted. Things were looking up until Mary was notified that their wait list was several months longer than her stay with us would last. While Mary was waiting for the verdict on her appeal, she entered the partnership program Frederick Place has with Goodwill. A job meant Mary could apply for housing assistance through Newcap. She applied, was approved, and excitedly waited for her Newcap appointment to get her housing voucher. Mary made phone call after phone call and waited for prospective landlords to call her back. When I arrived at work one night in August Mary was absolutely giddy and with good reason. She had found the perfect place. Her future landlord was so happy they had found each other that she had enveloped Mary in a big bear hug. Finally things were going right! A few days later Mary received word that the landlords had talked to other family members and had decided to retire from the landlord business. Mary’s despair was palpable. We all worried when she started to look like she did when she arrived. Broken.  Mary allowed herself to grieve for one night, then started her housing hunt again the next day. It didn’t take too long to find another place she liked. She was approved as a tenant, and her quest entered the inspection phase as required by Newcap. Shortly after the inspection Mary was notified that the owner did not want to make the few minor repairs needed for the apartment to pass the inspection. Mary took this obstacle in stride, kept her positive attitude, and began searching again. When I returned from my days off I expected Mary to tell me she was waiting to hear from a third landlord. Instead I was greeted by Mary excitedly telling me that the third landlord had agreed to fix the things that needed fixing and she would be moving soon. I never officially learned why this landlord had a change of heart but I’m pretty sure one of our angels whose office is located at Frederick Place made a phone call that was instrumental in making Mary’s dream of having her own place come true. All who know Mary are forever indebted to this angel.

In between the lines of this chronological chain of events is the story of a kind and beautiful soul who refused to surrender her dreams as she lived life on life’s terms. Mary’s world was full of blessings because she paid attention to the little things, and those little things helped her get through the downward trajectory of her all too familiar roller-coaster ride. She was grace under pressure and exuded gratitude. Mary took the last line of this Albert Einstein quote to heart;

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Mary, herself, is a miracle, and I am eternally grateful to her for reminding me what really matters in my life.
Ways you can become a NATH Partner and donate 

A New Way
to Donate
We’ve joined the Buzz Points network! Buzz Points has partnered with Ripco Credit Union or Park City Credit Union to give their cardholders a free rewards program.
 Here’s how it works:

Ripco Credit Union
Park City Credit Union

Cardholders earn points for every dollar they spend using their enrolled debit or credit card.
When enough points are accrued, they can be redeemed for rewards to local or national  businesses. Points can also be redeemed as a monetary donation to local charities on the Buzz Point network.
If you’re a cardholder of either establishment, it’s now easier than ever to donate to a local cause. When your ready to redeem your points, our organization will be listed in the Buzz Points online and mobile Rewards Directory. Please consider donating in this manner to NATH.
If you debit or credit card is not registered go to  https://www.buzzpoints.com/
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Thrivent Choice Donors
this month:

Brenda Robinson

Thrivent Making a Difference
Are you a member of Thrivent?

Apply for your Thrivent action Team to assist NATH.

Go to Thrivent.com/action team to get started. Here are some questions you may see when applying. What is the need you and your volunteer team want to tackle? How will your volunteer team spread generosity in your community? When will your project take place? How will you use your $250 seed money to make a bigger impact?

Once you submit your application, it’s typically review within a few days. When you project is approved, you will get to customize a hand packed Thrivent action kit based on what your team needs, including promotional banner, Live Generously T-shirts, step by step guides, invitations, thank you notes and a $250 Community Impact Card to use as seed money to get your project off the ground.

Some of the ways you could help NATH/Frederick Place, would be as a sponsor for Summer Raffle, Anniversary Benefit, Harvest Hoedown, Soup for Shelters, Golf Scramble or by preparing a meal or two for the house residents. Any contributions are greatly appreciated.

Amazon Smile
3rd Quarter Donation 2017:
 $23.67 Thank you to all who ordered from Amazon Smile

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NATH Wish List
Meal Partners
for November
Each month many partners in the community donate meals to Frederick Place. This month NATH and Frederick Place thank the following groups.  
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ - Rhinelander
  • Church of Christ–Hope Center
  • Human Service Center Employees
  • Terrie Bowman/Rick Covin
  • Watz Family
  • Pastor John, and Rita, Bill & Joan Green - Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church - Conover
  • Ponsse
  • Ministry Health Care part of Ascension
  • Nancy - St Kunegunda/St Theresa's
  • St Matthias Church
  • Jane Kovieski -PEO
  • Vilas County 4-H
  • Linda Havel
  • Molly Nordrum
  • Margie
  • Kelly S
  • Papa Murphy's
  • Christi Synder
  • Rhinelander Café and Pub
  • The Table – St. Augustine Episcopal Church - Rhinelander
  • Trinity Evangelical Lutheran 
Church - Rhinelander
Open Meal Dates